Her hinds were starting to flare and I noticed Lilly was standing a little odd behind, but once I got them trimmed up, she stood much more normal. I worked on her fronts also, and then did a bit more with them today. Looking at the pictures, I can see some areas I need to fix, but I'm curious if anyone has comments about the job I'm doing in general, or any pointers about how to trim a hoof that God put on your horse crooked.
A few observations I made... her hooves seem dry and slightly brittle. There were times where I was rasping and a little chunk of hoof came off the side. You can see that in the pictures of her right front hoof (I need to go back and touch up her medial side)... also, I think it's time for a pair of nippers. I rasped for what seemed like four hours on each hind hoof to get them where I thought they looked good, and I probably could have taken them down even more. Did you know that a testy, recently dislocated rib and rasping do not go well together? It's true!
We'll start with the right hoof because that's the one I actually enjoy trimming. It looks mostly normal! Does it look like her toes are getting long again? I can see she's a bit jammed up in her quarters, but I took the heels down as far as I dare, and I feel like I kept the hoof flat and level... I also rolled her toe a bit after these pictures were taken, so it looks more like the shot of her left front. So here's what I have!
And now for her left front hoof... this thing is the bane of my existence. You can see the little area of missing quarter on the lateral side of the hoof in the side shot, and I have circled it here on this sole shot. It has been there FOREVER. When will it grow?? She is literally walking around on sole because there's pretty much no hoof wall there.
|I hate you red circled spot!!|
I think her hind hooves turned out pretty good, although I see a bit of flare I missed. They're a bit dirty looking, so I'm sorry about that. It's kind of hard to see the hoof wall... she had a lot of bar that was just folding over, so I hacked all that off. Overall, I'm happy with them. I think her frogs looks great!
In other news, Lilly told me today she wants a new fly sheet. Somehow she managed to rip the middle strap of hers... I wonder if she did it getting up after rolling? Maybe she stepped on it and tore it right off.
|She's ashamed of what she's done...|